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Respect urged at Bear Butte during high season


Bear Butte State Park in South Dakota says visitors need to respect the religious practices of Native Americans who come to the sacred area to worship.

The park is seeing about 200 people a day due to the summer season and the Sturgis motorcycle rally. Staffing has been beefed up in preparation for the tourists.

Bear Butte is sacred to the Lakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho and other tribes. But nosy and noisy tourists have disrupted and disrespected ceremonies.

Get the Story:
Bear Butte attendance up during rally (The Rapid City Journal 8/13)

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